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Our Upcoming Performances!

The Poet SingsSunday, March 19, 2017 – 3:30 PM
St. Mark’s School
Class of 1945 Hall
25 Marlboro Rd., Southborough, MA 01772

“My songs lead but a half life… until music breathes life into them.”
Wilhelm Müller (poet of Schubert’s song cycles)

This concert features choral settings of some of the world’s greatest poetry. Poems of Wordsworth, Whitman, Byron, Bishop, Blake, E.E. Cummings and others will be featured in compositions by Dello Joio, Whitaker, Stroope, Lauridsen, Finzi and Vasks.  Read more about each poem in the Program Notes.

2:30 PM – A Conversation with Lloyd Schwartz
Lloyd Schwartz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, acclaimed poet, scholar, and teacher. He is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at University of Massachusetts Boston, and an authority on the American poet Elizabeth Bishop (whose poem “I am in Need of Music” leads off our program). Join us before the concert for an interactive discussion of poetry and music.

3:30 PM – Concert
Each poem will be read aloud by Mr. Schwartz and then followed by its choral setting.

Join us for a reception after the concert!

Mass in Time of Was and Light EternalSaturday, May 13, 2017 – 8:00 PM
St. Mary’s Parish
640 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545

With orchestra and soloists:

Jessica Cooper- Soprano, Thea Lobo- Mezzo Soprano, Charles Blandy- Tenor, John Salvi- Baritone

The bright and classical Haydn Mass in Time of War with its restless rumblings of war will be followed by Lauridsen’s ethereal and lush Lux Aeterna with its promise of eternal light. Also titled Pauken Messe for its uses of timpani (pauken), Haydn’s work was written at a time when Austria was being mobilized for war. The Mass was perceived by some as anti-war, but its joyful nature at least suggests a happier time.

The powerful emotions and the serenity of Lux Aeterna have been compared by some to Brahm’s A German Requiem. Lauridsen uses exquisite harmonic colors and fluid rhythms to express the feeling and meaning of the text ‘light eternal.’

Golf courseGolf Outing and Dinner~Concert
to Benefit AVM

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cyprian Keyes Golf Club
284 E Temple St, Boylston, MA 01505

Join us for golf, prizes, dinner, and a performance by the Assabet Valley Chambersingers!

Click here for details and to register online.